Six unique camping options in UAE

Camping is arguably UAEs most favourite outdoor activity and now it has taken a turn for the better. Whether you are the rough and tough types or the one looking to let your hair down for the weekend, or just anything in between, we have scouted variety of camping options to entice you to the great outdoors. With new concepts like glamorous camping, leisure camping, adventure camping hitting the UAE horizons, take a pick at your most desired option and don’t forget to thanks us!

Bear Grylls Explorer Camp

Bear Grylls is the most recognized faces of survival and outdoor adventure and the newest one to hit the UAE shores. Set in an expansive and open environment close to the Via Ferrata on the Jebel Jais mountain, it follows the success of the Bear Grylls Survival Academy in the UK. It will also feature the world’s first Bear Grylls-branded camp accommodation, which features 20 recycled and redesigned shipping containers. These come with basic self-catering including a private BBQ on a private outdoor terrace to prepare meals. The accommodation caters to all those seeking a true outdoor experience to unwind and reconnect with the wild.

There are variety of  survival courses at the Bear Grylls Survival Academy. Participants will be exposed to practical and extreme survival techniques necessary to survive the toughest terrains in the wilderness. Activities include making fire in the wilderness, building emergency shelters, learning the use of knife for survival remote medical trauma treatment, navigation techniques and extreme weather survival.

Where- Ras al Khaimah
Prices starting from AED 1300
https://www.beargryllscamp.ae/

Glamping at Longbeach Campground

For all the outdoor lovers, glamping is briskly gaining momentum in the UAE. Commonly stated, it is referred to “glamorous camping” wherein resort -style amenities add a unique charm to the adventure quotient. Few years back, when I was holidaying in UK, I was amazed with these glamorous countryside camps with sofas, beds, table lamps and even TV sets. So much for luxury! Similar concept has arrived in UAE and happy to see that it is making big rounds out here as well.

And yes, Longbeach Campground comes with bucket full of activities, like aerobics, yoga classes, play areas, salsa, pottery, petting zoo, pool , beach volley and much more.

An experience, you definitely wouldnt want to miss!!!

 Location- Ras al Khaimah
Price starting from AED 250 per night
For more info- https://www.binmajid.com/hotels/longbeach

Caravan Camping

How’s it to be woken up by the magnificence of the Hajar Mountains and ending the day with blissful, starry nights? Surrounded by acres of tranquility and seclusion, Cedr Trailers Resort offers nature time like none other, where a cozy trailer is your home  characterized by utmost privacy. An extraordinary and novice way of being with the great outdoors, this 2-star accommodation comes with private balconies, terrace and barbecue facilities, air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, and a private bathroom. Guest rooms in Hatta Cedr Trailers Resort are equipped with a flat-screen TV and free toiletries. The area is popular for hiking and cycling and bike hire is readily available.

Where- Hatta|
Prices starting from  AED 1175 approx  for one night
https://www.visithatta.com/en/stay/sedr-trailers-resort

Challenging Adventure Camp


The Challenging Adventure Camp hosts adventure activities from rock climbing, treasure hunt, archery, kayaking and many more while embracing the great outdoors.  A true escapade from city life, its beautiful site in the heart of the Hajar mountains in Ras al Khaimah is the only site of its kind in UAE for kids and adults. Relax in one of the natural hot spring pools followed by a night around a real campfire where you can toast marshmallows before retreating to villa style tent for a well- earned rest.  If spending the night under the stars is not for you, then feel free to engage in day activities training under the guidance of experts.

Where- Ras Al Khaimah
Prices starting AED 420 per adult
www.challengingadventure.com

The Starlight Camp

This pop-up, bubble  desert camp is nothing short of magical reminiscent of Arabian Nights. Unlike an ordinary camp site, Starlight sets up a dome-shaped, tent that allows guests to fall asleep with views of the starlit open night skies above. There’s something about waking up in the middle of the desert with rolling sand dunes all around, this site provides visitors that.

This offering is completely private camping experience as at any one time the site is the booked guest’s oasis, no one else is on site.

Where-Dubai
Prices- AED 2400
https://www.starlight-camp.com/

Sustainable camping at The Retreat Camp


This luxury- based campsite features a number of luxurious en-suite tents designed with heritage-related amenities. Set in tranquil settings and lush greenery, The Retreat Camp is a green oasis surrounded by mountains just few steps away from the ocean. With special focus on sustainability, indigenous plants have been used to beautify the surroundings. Beautiful outdoor furniture and lovely ambiance make this resort very inviting. Kiri trees, the fastest growing tree in the world, have been planted in abundance which is another concrete step to promote sustainability and govt’s eco -friendly promotion.

Where – Fujairah
Prices- Approx AED 1400 for double room
www.theretreat.ae

Note- Prices quoted are approximate prices and are subject to changes as per seasons.

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Bandana Jain is a seasoned lifestyle and travel journalist for the past two decades. Also a blogger, she loves pursuing modelling as a hobby. She has also ventured into the realms of anchoring and public speaking. When she is not pursuing any of the above, you can find her chilling by the beach or in park with her favourite cup of masala chai. Travelling is her passion, creativity her morale booster and enriching conversations give her the necessary thrust in life.

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